Hunger strike by Nagaon Paper Mill employees along with AASU


GUWAHATI: The employees of Nagaon Paper Mill along with members of
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Morigaon have been staging a hunger strike since Saturday morning in front of the mill demanding the revival of Nagaon Paper Mill in Jagiroad, Assam.

“We are protesting since many days for the revival of Nagaon Paper Mill. We have also submitted a memorandum to Assam CM. CM Sarbananda Sonowal said Government will work for the revival of the paper mill, but till now Government has not shared any updates regarding the Paper Mill. The fate of Nagaon Paper Mill would be decided on September 14 by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). This paper mill provided employment to the local unemployed youths and was also a good source of revenue for the government,” said a protestor.

“I have no words to express our issues. Everyone is looking forward to the reopening of the paper mill. Only we know how we are surviving, some employees have started pan shops, some are doing labour works to make their livelihood,” said another protestor.

At least 1,600 employees of the mill are struggling to make both ends meet by working in hotels, restaurants and private schools. The first industry of Jagiroad Span Silk Mill Ltd was established in 1962 and it had been running well. But due to the apathy of the then Congress government, the mill was closed down in 1991. Thereafter, another polyester mill was established in 1982 at Jagiroad but the mill did not run for a long time and its production was stopped in 1985 during the tenure of the AGP government. It was finally closed down in 1992.